Ganbu means 'first' in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri Tribe
Indigenous Participation Program
The development of Schiavello Ganbu as a dedicated Indigenous business was one of the earliest outputs of Schiavello’s Indigenous Participation Program.
Providing an initial framework to the strategies and targets underpinning Schiavello’s reconciliation endeavours, the Indigenous Participation Program shaped goals across three key pillars of relationships, respect and opportunities.
Leading the way
A message from Peter Schiavello, Managing Director of Schiavello Group:
"I am pleased to support our Indigenous Participation Program, which formally extends our existing Social Responsibility actions to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We're taking a proactive approach towards improving youth education and employment opportunities, whilst continuing to foster a culture of acceptance, and a workplace inclusive of all Australians."
Schiavello Ganbu's strategies and initiatives
Successful transition of Indigenous youth from school to work is a priority focus for Schiavello Ganbu. Young people face many challenges as they transition and those challenges can increase the longer it takes. Through our long-standing Apprenticeship program, Schiavello understands the incredible value of building long-term employment relationships with young people. In 2017, we extended this program to include a greater focus on Indigenous intake on a continual basis. We continue our focus on Indigenous employment across all levels and specialisations across the business.
Education is one of the most powerful tools in empowering young lives and we endeavour to support education in various ways. In 2019, we partnered with Western Australia’s Youth Australia League to provide a scholarship to an Indigenous student in need. Since, we have not only provided funds for a student annually, but built real, interpersonal relationships. Additionally, we provide furniture donations to schools, work experience opportunities and pre-apprentice programs.
Community and Corporate Partnerships
Strong partnerships with local Indigenous organisations is essential to the impact of Schiavello Ganbu, underpinning each one of its initiatives. We collaborate with large scale corporates to put our combined weight behind meaningful change; build relationships with groups such as the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc., Aboriginal Affairs, Matchworks and Victorian Koori Court to support the Apprenticeship program; and create long-term partnerships with community groups and schools around Australia to donate furniture.
Respect for Indigenous people and culture is essential for growth in sustainable Indigenous participation across the Schiavello businesses and society at large. Led through Kyle's sincere approach to storytelling, Schiavello Ganbu strives to educate and empower our workforce with a deeper level of cultural awareness through internal information sessions, initiatives and celebrating events on the Indigenous calendar.